THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Climbing enthusiast Jim Ewing lost his left foot in the aftermath of a 50-foot fall off a Cayman Islands cliff.
But Ewing is scaling rock walls again with the aid of a robotic ankle and foot he works as well as his former flesh-and-blood version, thanks to a groundbreaking amputation procedure that eliminates the "phantom limb" effect. That's a disorienting side effect that makes it hard for patients to work their prosthetic limbs properly.
MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 -- Researchers say they've pinpointed a possible culprit in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), reporting that an overactive immune system might send the entire body into an overwhelming state of exhaustion.
"For the first time, we have shown that people who are prone to develop a CFS-like illness have an overactive immune system, both before and during a challenge to the immune system," said lead researcher Alice Russell, from King's College London.
THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains the fourth biggest killer in the United States. But only a fraction of the millions of people who could benefit from post-hospital rehab for COPD are doing so, new research shows.
COPD is a progressive, debilitating and incurable respiratory illness, often tied to smoking. Many patients require supplementary oxygen to live normal lives.
MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 -- People who've suffered major traumatic injuries are at much greater risk for mental health problems and suicide, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 people in the Canadian province of Ontario who suffered serious injuries. Most of the injuries (89 percent) were accidental rather than intentional (for example, car crashes and falls).
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Many injured workers turn to opioid painkillers for relief, and nearly 30 percent may still be taking them three months after their injury -- increasing the odds of addiction, a new study suggests.
"The increased likelihood of persistent opioid use among strain and sprain injuries is potentially concerning, particularly given the limited evidence to support opioid therapy for these injuries," said study lead author Nathan O'Hara. He's a research associate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's department of orthopedics, in Baltimore.